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Convergence.Tech is a digital transformation company based in Toronto, Canada. Partnering with clients and leveraging today's leading technologies along with deep industry-specific expertise, Convergence enables innovation to take place so that organizations can become digital leaders. Operating globally, with active projects worldwide, our team also works closely with government bodies, humanitarian agencies, and corporations.
Possessing extensive consultancy experience, Convergence advises, develops, and implements technology solutions on a global scale; to include complex regions such as India, Mongolia, and Afghanistan.
Many of these solutions get powered by blockchain technology and get centered on environmental impact and sustainability initiatives.
Our technology solutions are focused on traceability as well as digital identity.
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Digital transformation often gets misunderstood; there has been a significant focus on the digital part thus far, but with scant regard for the transformational implications of it on the rest of the organization, and ultimately on those the organization serves. This misunderstanding is exactly why scarcely 1 in 8 digital transformation efforts are successful.
Convergence's approach to digital transformation considers both the digital and the transformation facets of digital transformation. Our expertise and a deep understanding of the drivers of digital transformation allow us to help customers understand why an organization should undertake it. To successfully integrate digitization, your organization must consider important contemporary aspects like ethics and governance (corporate governance, IT governance, and data governance). These, as well as ensuring the alignment of your digital vision, are a critical factor for achieving success.
Ultimately, digital transformation leverages new technology to create new markets, to create new or enhanced lines of business, or to create new or enhanced means of getting an organization’s products and services to those it serves. The results of digital transformation are therefore seen through the client/customer/citizen’s eyes as consistent, sustainable and satisfying service experiences, and through the organization’s eyes as enhanced revenue lines, optimized costing, and increased risk control. In other words, digital transformation is a process of two-way value creation. It is our goal to ensure that the probability of your digital transformation success significantly exceeds 1 in 8, enabling your initiative to not only create value for those you serve, but for your organization too.
Backbone - Traceability Platform
Backbone provides the foundation and a secure data layer to enable robust end-to-end traceability solutions. Whether plugging into an existing ERP system or integrating directly with sensing technologies, Backbone enables the secure registration of assets and well as the acquisition, storage, and verification of data.
Active use cases include: fibers, commodities, and healthcare supplies.
Trybe.ID - Digital Identity (https://trybe.id)
Trybe is a self-sovereign, digital identity(SSI) product, that offers individuals as well as corporates and governments a familiar interface to interacting with one another while seamlessly sharing and verifying credentials.
Trybe features RESTful APIs for ease of integration with existing IT systems as well as external web and mobile interfaces.
Our primary goal is to make SSI simple.
Active use cases include: academic credentials.
Digital Transformation Webinar - January 27, 2021 12 PM - 1 PM EST
"IT - Doing More with Less: Serving students and institutional stakeholders"
- Robyn Parr - Change and Opportunity Lead, Office of the Vice-Provost Students (secondment) & Associate Registrar & Director, Student Financial Service - Ryerson University
- Guy Pearce - Chief Digital Officer & Chief Data Officer - Convergence.tech
With rapidly changing environments come rapidly changing student and stakeholder needs. These changes put a strain on institutional resources - importantly on the people, and also on the IT systems, processes and governance, on which effective student services depend. Change-management is a complex undertaking for all organizations, made more complicated with additional layers of complexity surrounding technology problems, solutions, and management.
This presentation looks at a case study involving Ryerson University and Convergence.tech, Trybe.ID's sister company, aiming to address these issues. Initially envisioned as an event for Registrars, CTOs, and CIOs, all colleagues from educational institutions are welcome.
The presentation will start with a Problem statement describing service delivery challenges to university students and staff. That talk then moves to steps taken to create a systematic approach to IT problem solving, resource assessment, and decision-making. The university will share expected ROI, and both organizations will communicate learnings, challenges, and resolutions involving both technology and people.
Digital Credentials Webinar - February 4, 2021 11:30AM EST
Digital Credentials - The Past, Present, and Future: meeting highest standards
- Kim Cameron - Chief Identity Officer - Trybe.ID & former Microsoft Chief Architect of Identity
- Kim Hamilton Duffy - Architect, Digital Credentials Consortium & Dean, Digital Learning - MIT
- Guy Pearce - Chief Digital Officer & Chief Data Officer - Convergence.tech
Our understanding of digital identity has undergone important changes since the emergence of our digital lives, and especially over the past 20 years. And, an evolving part of our understanding of digital identity is our understanding of a digital credential, a “proof of qualification, competence, or clearance attached to a person...proving something about their owner...which may also contain personally identifiable information, including biometrics.” Questions of our identity and relationship with technology, including implications for human agency are top-of-mind, as are our rights as citizens and our obligations in holding and creating the data of our fellow citizens.
This moderated presentation and discussion, from leaders in the field of digital identity, starts with the broad principles of identity, presented by our Chief Identity Officer, Kim Cameron, former Microsoft Chief Identity Architect, and author of the seminal 2005 Laws of Identity. The talk then moves to hear from Kim Hamilton Duffy, Architect of the Digital Credentials Consortium at MIT, who shares the journey and thinking of the Digital Credentials Consortium (DCC), from Open Badges, to Bockcerts, up to today’s Verifiable Credentials.
Guy Pearce, Convergence.tech Chief Digital Officer and Chief Data Officer finishes with guidance for institutional practitioners in adopting a technologically and morally robust set of guidelines and questions in support of a digital credential implementation plan, aligning with latest tech-sector principles and an institution’s own privacy standards and fiduciary responsibility.
These presentations will be followed by a short, moderated discussion and audience questions. We look forward to an engaging event.
To join us for this event, please register your interest using the link below.
This event will be free and virtual, open to Registrars, CTOs, CIOs and those in the Education Sector.
Future of Learning Webinar - February 11, 2021 2PM EST
Digital Credentials and the Future of Learning: Roundtable Discussion
- Rob Jenkins - Global Chief of Education, UNICEF
- Borhene Chakroun - Director for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems - UNESCO
- Janette Hughes - Canada Research Chair, Technology and Pedagogy, Ontario Tech University
- Mark Hansen - Superintendant, School District of Elmbrook
- John Pollaers - Chancellor, Swinburne University
- Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin - Senior Analyst - OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI)
With our globalized and globalizing lives comes the need for additional standardization of expectations and delivery around education credentials and their role in supporting employment outcomes. At the same time, new models of learning are emerging, along with new skills and ways of delivering and recognizing them. This session is a round-table discussion, where we are joined by representatives of the OECD, UNESCO, UNICEF, an innovative and award-winning US high school district, a Canada Research Chair in Technology and Pedagogy and the Chancellor of a leading Australian university. The conversation begins with a look at efforts contributing to the evolution of global education standards, then moves to a parallel perspective on new skills, delivery methods and learner flexibility. Next, the discussion turns to the facilitating role in both movements played by the parallel evolution and understanding of digital credentials. From there, we look at the future state of both learning and credentials, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and contribute to future thinking in the space.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Digital and Data Officer
Chief Environmental and Financial Economist
Vice President of Product
Vice President of Partnerships
Manager of Engineering Operations
Head of Community Outreach
Head of Operations
Special Advisor - Indigenous Affairs
Special Advisor - Indigenous Affairs
Board Chair, Chancellor at Swinburne University
CEO, Spectrum Health
Director, Digital Health and Virtual Learning, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
Board of Directors, Altus Group, former CEO, AON Hewitt CANADA and former Managing Partner, Accenture
Chief Risk Officer, Australia at Revolut
CEO, Supply Chain Management Association
Senior Manager, Enterprise Privacy at Loblaw Companies Limited
Co-Chair Richard Branson + Jochen Zeitz’s B Team Australasia; Dir Chief Executive Women + Aust Infrastructure Fund for the Pacific
Chami Akmeemana is the CEO of Convergence.tech and Trybe.ID. He is a Blockchain and AI Specialist. He pursued a Ph.D. in Bioceramic Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London, until deciding to forgo an academic career in favor of Law Enforcement. In 2002, he joined London’s Metropolitan Police.
Chami has had 4 successful exits over the last decade and is passionate about the intersection of technology, business and social good. His experience includes serving as Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs at ConsenSys Inc; Fintech Advisor to the Ontario Securities Commission; Managing Director, Fintech and Blockchain at the Global Risk Institute; and Regulatory Advisor to the Republic of Liberland.
Chami is also the Chairman of the Blockchain Association Australia and an Advisory Board member of doc.ai.
Jim Whitestone is the former Assistant Deputy Minister of the Climate Change and Environmental Policy Division at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. He led teams that were responsible for the development and implementation of a range of climate change related policies and programs including Ontario’s cap and trade program with California and Quebec and GreenOn to finance the deployment of low carbon technologies. His other policy and program responsibilities included Great Lakes water quality including the Canada-Ontario Lake Erie Action Plan towards U.S.-Canada binational commitment to reduce nutrient loadings, promotion of zero-waste and circular economy through extended producer responsibility, source protection for drinking water, toxics reduction, renewable fuels for transportation and buildings, indigenous relations and inter-governmental affairs. He also led Ontario’s participation with the Canadian delegation at UN COP 13 Climate Change Conference in Bali and worked on developing carbon offsets to help finance reforestation in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. Mr. Whitestone completed his Master’s Degree at Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Guelph in Agricultural and Resource Economics. He has a Certificate of Business from the University of Toronto and a Sustainable Investment Professional Certificate from Concordia University.
Guy has served on governance boards in banking, financial services and a not for profit, and as CEO of a financial services organization. He has played an active role in 10 enterprise digital transformation programs, experiences which led him to create a Digital Transformation course for the University of Toronto SCS. He is a regular speaker at McMaster University on topics such as big data, blockchain, digital transformation and IT governance, and has rich experience in the regulatory requirements for data governance, through regulations such as BCBS239 and GDPR. His experience in enterprise technology and in leveraging data for business benefit extends to the conceptualization, design, development and deployment of enterprise BI, CRM and credit systems impacting 5,000 users at 1,300 branches, big data analytics enabling $95 million in incremental value in six months by big data fusion, and BI value enablement creating $50 million in incremental value in four months, to name a few. He readily shares his experiences by conferences and by publications in journals such as the ICD’s Director Journal, the NACD’s Directorship, and ISACA Journal, and is the recipient of the 2019 ISACA Michael Cangemi best author award for contributions to the field of IT governance. Guy holds a BSc (Comp Sc) from the University of the Witwatersrand (SA), a BCom (Econ and Quants) from the University of South Africa, a MBA from Heriot-Watt University (UK), and is Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT).
An ‘end to end’ implementation leader for the design and delivery of large-scale transformation initiatives. Dave led the Ontario Government’s implementation of its Cap and Trade program for Greenhouse Gas Emissions, introducing Ontario into the North American GHG Emissions Trading market successfully in 2017 raising $472 million at its first allowance auction. Previously, Dave led a seamless migration and oversight of Ontario’s $60 million Driver Examination Services to the private sector. Dave holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from York University. Dave has a unique depth and breadth of experience in leading and managing all facets of large program development and project management stemming from over 30 years of experience at four Government of Ontario ministries including; Environment and Climate Change,Transportation, Economic Development and Trade, and Agriculture and Food.
Maryam is an operations and growth leader with a proven track record and extensive experience in growth stage and startup organizations across diverse industries. In her most recent role as Senior Vice President of Operations at Citco Fund Services, the world’s leading Alternative Investment Fund Administrator, Maryam was responsible for managing customer success and acquisition while also driving process transformation and product innovation to scale and optimize operational capacity. Being a lover of all things food and an avid follower of emerging technologies, Maryam co-founded The Revolving Kitchen, a digital market place that automates the commercial kitchen rental process and connects aspiring food entrepreneurs with established players in the restaurant industry. Maryam has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & International Relations from the University of Toronto and a Master in Business Administration from York University & Northwestern University.
Erik has 15 years of experience in corporate IT and systems development, having worked extensively in the government sector as a technical lead and project manager on the ideation, design, delivery, and operations of large-scale enterprise technology solutions. His diverse experience includes building out systems involving sensor networks to aggregate data for flood forecasting, public-facing web based government services portals, and a blockchain-based traceability solutions leveraging mobile devices and RFID technologies for clients in Canada and abroad.
Uri Carnat has joined Convergence.tech and Trybe.ID as of January 2021, in the consulting position of VP Partnerships. He leads discussions with global Education and Healthcare partners on digital identification and credentials, and advises on strategic planning and opportunities.
Prior to this role, Uri was Director - Strategic Partnerships with ApplyBoard, facilitating international education recruitment agreements in Canada and Australia. Previously, he was Country Director – Canada at IDP, leading the student-recruitment and IELTS testing in Canada and Latin America.
Born and Halifax and educated in Montreal, Canada, he has years of leadership experience in international education, with specific focuses on recruitment, student services, operations, and contracts. He enjoys building senior-level industry and government relationships and presenting at national and international events. Uri has traveled extensively, engaging with stakeholders and students from North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.
Adam currently leads technology and operations with Convergence. He is a driven engineer with a background in Mechatronic Systems and Software Engineering. He has been active in the Blockchain ecosystem for several years with a focus on decentralized identity.
Adam’s development experience includes projects varying from Academic Credentials and Decentralized Exchanges to Supply Chain with companies such as Oraclize and Convergence in collaboration with several international development organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) and many local governments.
Murtaza brings over 20 years of experience in training, marketing, project management and product development for both global firms and Canadian companies. He is an accomplished training and marketing professional with extensive experience in the technology, insurance, financial, transportation and retail industries.
Tony has a proven record of creating value, in diverse industries and geographies by; setting direction, igniting growth, leading change, driving performance, servicing clients and empowering employees.
Tony is particularly adept at capitalizing on digital and technology disruptions, both as a market disrupter and industry incumbent. He was most recently CEO of Aon Hewitt, Canada. Before joining Aon Hewitt, Tony was a Managing Partner at Accenture, and has served as the President and CEO of Bell Nexxia and as the CEO of BCE Emergis. He has also held international leadership positions with MCI Telecommunications, SHL Systemhouse Inc., and Andersen Consulting.
Tony holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.A.I.) degree and M.A. from Trinity College Dublin, and is a graduate of the Rotman Corporate Directors program (ICD.D).
Over the course of his 25 year career, Christian has focused on growing organizations and their reputations, launching products and initiatives, and building relationships.
Currently, Christian is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA), Canada’s largest professional association for the supply chain sector. He is also a member of the steering committee of scale ai, Canada’s investment and innovation supercluster focused on accelerating the application of artificial intelligence for supply chains.
He previously served as Vice President of Education at Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), where he also developed the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research and served as the Foundation’s inaugural Executive Director. He has also served as the Director of Research Planning, Communications and Government Relations at York University, and as the Director of Production for the UK-based firm Marcus Evans. Christian has also worked in the public sector, having served the Ontario Government as Chief of Staff to the Parliamentary Assistant for Health and Long-Term Care and to the Parliamentary Assistant for Native Affairs. Prior to these positions, he served the Government of Canada as special political assistant to the Minister of State for Environment and to the Minister of State for Employment and Immigration.
Christian is also an experienced board member, having served on 10 boards across the NFP and government sectors, ranging in size from under $1 million to over $1 billion. Most recently he served on the Board of Directors of Scarborough and Rouge Hospital. He previously served as Vice Chairman of The Scarborough Hospital, Chairman of Housing Services Inc., and as a member of the Board of Directors of Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), North America’s second largest social housing corporation.
Christian has studied in Canada, the U.S., Israel, and Belgium, is a graduate of the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program, and holds a Masters Professional Director certification from the American College of Corporate Directors.
30+ years executive and governance experience in financial services working for major Australian banks and international banking giant Citibank.
Deep understanding of the Australian financial services regulatory and compliance landscape including leading roles dealing with regulators and industry bodies.
Senior management roles in retail banking, consumer lending, business banking, and media advertising with geographic coverage across Australia, Asia Pacific and the UK.
John holds an MBA from INSEAD and Macquarie University, as well as degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. John Pollaers has a proven track record in leading major Australian and international companies including Pacific Brands and Foster’s Group, and in his current roles is working across Government to bring about major reforms to vocational education and training and aged care.
He is the founding Chair of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council and in 2017 was appointed as Chair of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce for the Federal Government. He is the Chancellor of Swinburne University and is Executive Chairman of Leef Independent Living Solutions, an innovative functional health and assistive technology business.
He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2018, for service to the manufacturing sector, to education, and to business.
Sandra Ketchen is the President and CEO of Spectrum Health Care, one of the largest providers of home care services in Ontario. Prior to joining Spectrum, Sandra served as Senior Vice President of Operations at SE Health and Vice President of HealthTech at Celestica. Sandra brings a proven track record of using data and technology to drive outcomes that matter to patients and their families and is an advocate for integrated care solutions that give patients control over where and how they age. Sandra holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
It takes a lot of patience, dedication, and hard work to reach the top of one's profession and as hard to keep that position. Take, for instance, Tech Entrepreneur Kaye-Maree Dunn from Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Te Rangikoianaake, Ngāti Mahanga me Ngāi Tāmanuhiri and resides in Wainuiomata Wellington, who has been working in the realm of Maori and Community development for over 18 years.
More than her role as Tech Entrepreneur , Kaye-Maree is fascinated with family , community and technology. Her career has spanned Child Youth and Family, The Dept of Labour, The Māori Land Court, NZ Maori Tourism and Community Housing and she has recently been involved in Social Enterprise Development, Governance Training and Whānau Ora Facilitation and Planning – particularly with hard to reach families.
Kaye-Maree had a lot of significant professional experiences, she was the previous Contracted Special Projects Manager with Māori Womens Development Inc. and the current Managing Director of Making Everything Achievable, Indigital Blockchain Limited , Digital Identity and Traditional Knowledge platform Āhau.
Because of her long list of achievements, Kaye-Maree has become a member of the Board of NZ Tech, Te Paepae Arahi, a kaupapa Māori mental health provider in Lower Hutt, Para Kore Charitable Trust, the North Hokianga Development Trust and a current Sir Edmond Hillary Fellow. Kaye-Maree was previously one of the Wellington Representatives on the New-Zealand Māori Council for three years.
Quality Governance, Enterprise and Data Sovereignty is a passion for Kaye-Maree where she can use her untiring commitment and drive to ensure individuals have the right tools and support to govern their organisations with confidence and competence and have the ability to control access to their own data and information. Growth of NZ’s economic potential in particular the growth of independent, flourishing digital enterprises is one for her dedication.
Jordan Peterson is dedicated to supporting strong, thriving Indigenous communities. Jordan served as the elected Deputy Grand Chief/Vice President of the Gwich'in Tribal Council from August 2016 to September 2020 where he worked every day to advance self-determination and a new relationship with Canada. He is currently the Director of Intergovernmental Relations and Governance for the Vuntut Gwitchin Government and is responsible for a broad and complex portfolio including oversight and coordination of implementing the Vuntut Gwitchin Final and Self-Government Agreements. Jordan also serves as a bord member on the Indigenous Peoples Secretariat and serves as the Senior Arctic Official for Gwich’in Council International (GCI) at the Arctic Council Executive and is a board member on GCI, one of six permanent participants of the Arctic Council.
Ian has 26 years of experience in various roles in IT Shared Services for Province of British Columbia culminating in Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for all IT Shared Services including networks, data centres, desktops, and corporate applications.
Ian has over 10 years experience as a software developer for oil and gas, health care, and national defence.
Ian also held roles of Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Information Officer for Justice and Public Safety for British Columbia.
Ian was a leader and driving force behind the development of digital identity for all British Columbians, a blockchain implementation
for business corporate identities and licenses using the Sovrin ledger as well as usage of blockchain for protection of chain of custody
of legal digital evidence. Finally, Ian is a thought leader in the development of the Pan-Canadian Identity Management Strategy and the BC Services
Card solution for the Province.
Blair Campbell is a data protection professional who holds the CISSP, CISA, and CIPP/C certifications.
Blair’s 20-year compliance, privacy and information security experience has lead to the development of robust risk management expertise including an expansive understanding of outsourcing arrangements, data loss prevention, incident handling, and regulatory requirements and relationships.
Before his career in information security, Blair managed a renowned Northwest Coast Native art gallery in Vancouver, B.C.
Lynette has a proven commercial track record as a CEO, Chair and Director, and is a successful entrepreneur who has established and run globally competitive businesses. She is: Co-Chair of Richard Branson’s B Team Australasia and recently established The Climate Leaders Coalition comprising 22 leading CEOs all dedicated to decarbonising their businesses; NED Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP), and Accounting For Nature; and Co-Director Chief Executive Women Leaders Program in Australia and Asia. Until recently she was also Co-Director PSDI a female executive leadership program in the Pacific for the Asian Development Bank. Lynette was formerly NED of Chief Executive Women; owner and Executive Chair Work Wear World; and CEO of Lendlease’s IT+T Investments and its Corporate Financial Services divisions.
With more than 35 years of healthcare experience, she is nationally and internationally known for her work in health and nursing informatics. She brings expertise from many different clinical and academic settings, has participated in and led the development of numerous digital health initiatives, as well as research focused on the adoption of digital health solutions in practice environments. Dr. Nagle teaches in undergraduate and graduate programs focused in nursing, health administration and informatics. Prior to establishing her own health informatics consulting practice, she was the CIO and Senior Vice-President for Technology and Knowledge Management at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. She has numerous professional publications and presentations to her credit and in recognition of her work was named one of the top 10 Women Leaders in Digital Health in Canada in 2017.